2013 Vermentino, but really it should be Rolle!
Another stellar creation from the mad geniuses at Renard
Over the years I have found great pleasure in dining on fresh Mediterranean vegetables and seafood along with aromatic whites from Italy. In particular, Vermentino from Sardinia and Liguria can be quite epic with a wood roasted Branzino, fennel bulb, and broccoli rabe. Kevin deLeu has a penchant for obscure varieties, and I discovered he had Vermentino (Rolle in the Rhône) not far from where I source the Grenache Blanc. One of the delightful aspects to this wine is despite its later ripening it has relatively low sugars and hence lower alcohols and in this climate and vintage we have a totally manageable 11% alcohol! This is a rare and beautiful thing that you truly appreciate in the morning – no throbbing head or regrets here.
I made the wine much the way I make my other whites – stainless steel, lower temperatures, no malo-lactic fermentation, and a screw cap finish on the bottle. All these techniques are to promote the bright, fresh quality that is inherent to the grape.
Here are my tasting notes: Citrus, lemon peel, floral, wet stone, flinty nose, and the palate - bright citrus, granny smith apple, Asian pear, mineral with a lovely long citrus finish. This is a perfect wine with oysters!
$16 btl / 192
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